Class of 2019: Star rankings revealed for 20 more prospects
While the focus of most is the class of 2018 as we dive deep into the spring evaluation period, members of the class of 2019 are getting offers as well on a daily basis. Rather than rush out a Rivals100 on prospects who have played two years of high school football, we thought we’d put stars on 100 of them and release 20 a day. Here’s our final batch, led by five-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher.
The prospects listed are grouped by their Rivals Rating from 6.1 to 5.9 but are in no particular order otherwise.
Sopsher, out of Amite, La., is a bull of a defensive tackle in the mold of 2017 five-star Marvin Wilson.
“We're taking a little bit of a chance by ranking Sopsher this high this early, but with the way he's performed and continued to improve every time we've seen him both in games and in a camp setting it's a risk worth taking,” said Rivals.com Southeast Recruiting Analyst Woody Wommack. “Sopsher is a dominant interior lineman and the type of guy that the nation's top programs battle for on a yearly basis. He's already got LSU and Alabama high on his list and he will be a guy that will be household name in the recruiting world before long.”
Big offensive tackle Logan Brown out of Kentwood (Mich.) East Kentwood is another name to watch on this list and he’s being mentioned in some heady company.
“There are strong comparisons between Brown and class of 2018 five-star Jackson Carman, but Brown may even have a higher ceiling,” said Rivals.com Midwest Recruiting Analyst Josh Helmholdt. “The West Michigan native is all of his 6-foot-6 and he combines a great offensive tackle frame with plus-athleticism for the position and healthy mean streak.”
Brown grew up a Michigan fan but also has offers from Wisconsin and Illinois early.
Wide receiver Arjei Henderson from Richmond (Texas) Travis is an early Oklahoma commitment and has good size and speed.
“Henderson is a crafty receiver that is productive on both long, vertical routes and picking up big yards after the catch,” said Rivals.com Texas Recruiting Analyst Nick Krueger. “He's got good size but wins jump-balls on defenders with the ease of a player six inches taller than him.”
Athlete Jashawn Sheffield from St. Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy could play either way in college and many feel that Georgia is the team to beat early, but Miami and Ohio State also intrigue him.
“Sheffield plays at a private school and some question his ability due to the competition he plays. Don't. He does what he is supposed to against the players he plays against — he dominates,” said Rivals.com Southeast Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons. “Sheffield is an elite athlete with the combination of size, speed and playmaking ability to be a star at wide receiver or safety. He has that burst when he gets the ball, then on the other side, he has great range and he is a physical football player.”
In North Carolina, another versatile prospect is making noise as Charlotte (N.C.) Harding University star Quavaris Crouch has impressed many.
“Crouch is a physical freak. At 6-foot-3, 205-pounds he runs like a deer, plowing over defenders or outrunning them. Crouch has very good hands and is very tough to bring down once he gets the ball in space,” said Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst Adam Friedman. “Many teams are also looking at him as a linebacker as well. Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Michigan are just some of the big offers he has received.”
Out west, quarterback Hank Bachmeier from Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley has also impressed.
“Bachmeier makes all the throws well, whether it's sitting in the pocket and throwing down the seam, down the sideline, across the middle or where his receivers can run under it,” said Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Adam Gorney. “He's really talented throwing on the run, drawing up the defense and then finding receivers down the field and prolonging plays. When needed, Bachmeier can also run with the ball for big yards and so he's a dual-threat in that way. Colorado, UCLA and others are involved early.”
Nashville (Tenn.) Franklin Road Academy receiver Lance Wilhoite has good size and excellent change of direction which often gives opponents fits.
“Wilhoite isn't as well-known as some of the players on this list but that won't be the case for long. He's a smooth route-runner and the type of guy who makes going against other top prospects look easy,” said Wommack. “LSU, Tennessee and South Carolina are among his early offers.”
At safety, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School hitter Tyler Scott impresses in many ways and has Louisville as his early leader despite growing up a Florida fan.
“Scott’s length jumps off the page, but he breaks on the ball incredibly well,” said Rivals.com Florida Recruiting Analyst Rob Cassidy. “His speed and size allow him to recover from missteps. His offer list is growing quickly for a reason.”
Here are the others that made the initial 20 for today’s release: